Mavericks star Luka Doncic wasn’t overly saddened by being eliminated by the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
Granted, while not advancing undoubtedly hurt, Doncic seems to think it was just the start of things to come.
“I don’t like losing, especially like this,” Doncic told reporters after Game 5. “I played terrible.”
Still, he added that the Mavs are on a “great path,” and implied that reaching the West finals is something on which the franchise can build.
“If we talk about our season, I’m really proud of this team — everybody, every player, every staff member,” Doncic said. “Nobody had us here. But I promise we fought until the end. Congratulations to Warriors. They were obviously the better team. But I’m really proud of this team.”
Along with the team improving, Doncic said he too intends to work on his game and try to get better.
“I think defense has got to be way better for me,” said Doncic. “Honestly, I think I made a huge step this year defensively, but there’s so much room for improvement. I’ve got to be way better there. I think that’s one spot that can take us to the next level.”
After several years of failing to advance beyond the first round, this season marked the first time Dallas reached the conference finals since 2011, when they won the title.